The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) disclosed its reports regarding phishing cases during Luzon lockdown that it has recorded a 100% increase of such incidents or activities, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles bared Saturday.
Nograles warned the public to be very careful in giving their bank details online during the online press conference of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).
“While this has helped many of us cope with the limitations brought about by the ECQ, the National Bureau of Investigation Cybercrime Division and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas report a 100% increase in phishing cases… and warn everyone to be cautious when it comes to your bank details,” said Nograles, who is also the spokesperson of the IATF-EID.
The “modus operandi” of phishing is that an individual will claim to be an employee of the bank who will then ask for your bank details such as your “account number o password”, explained Nograles.
“Do not reveal it. Banks will not ask you to reveal those. Not now, not ever,” he stressed in Tagalog.
Nograles also warned about giving donations online, as there are criminals who deceive and claim they are part of a reputable institution. “We encourage everyone to double-check and verify these requests for donations,” he advised. He said to report to NBI for any concerns relating to the issue.
Luzon remains under an enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) until April 30 as Covid-19 cases in the country continues to escalate. As of today, Philippine DOH has recorded 6, 087 Covid-19 cases, with 516 recoveries and 397 fatalities.